the problem with temptation (20161113)

turning the flashlight
pointing up
into the tree
the white beam
punches me in the nose
suddenly i smell
the oils of the needles
feel the resinous pine
sap sticky on my fingers

a small green insect
dances into the light
caught in the beam
as if in amber
still except for the furious
motion of its cellophane wings

that’s the problem with
temptation i think
shining a light
where your eyes
aren’t accustomed to the
darkness
what you catch there
may be taught
to fly into a flame

——

for
as everything turns grey
writing prompts by J.R.Rogue and Kat Savage
8. The Problem With Temptation